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Panic or Peace

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It’s been another week of violence in America.  In light of this week’s news cycle, it is rather easy to fall into a bad place.  A place of depression or futility, thinking “nothing will ever change.”  A place of anger or frustration, thinking, “THOSE...

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Bridges

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While driving around Louisville, my friend Deb pointed out the new bridge that links Kentucky to its northern neighbor, Indiana.  It’s called the Abraham Lincoln Bridge.  I think it’s beautiful with its graceful lines.  (It reminds me of the new Kosciuszko Bridge being...

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Strawberries

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They look like most strawberries I’ve bought at the store. Maybe a tad darker and maybe a little smaller, but they look like whatever you’d think a normal strawberry looks like.  And then I tasted one. The fireworks display of flavor put on quite the show inside my mouth! ...

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Shining in the Darkness

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I often write here about everyday things that remind me of something spiritual or (hopefully) something transcendent.  But in light of the Orlando massacre, this week was not filled with images of everyday things, was it? This week, the image I hope to hold up is the image of a candle. The...

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Shoe Store Sage

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 [True story!]  The lady was there to pick up some new shoes for a long race she had signed up for.   Waiting at the counter, she confessed to the clerk, “To be honest, I’m sort of nervous about this upcoming race.  I’ve just never run that far...

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Betty

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She wasn’t an athlete growing up.  Surprising everyone, including herself, Betty Lindberg just set a world record for her age group.  At 91 years old.  She said,  “You may be slow, but if you start and you finish, that’s all you can hope to do. And...

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The Sunbathing Turtle

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Basking in the morning sun, on the edge of the pond in Central Park, a small turtle showed me how it’s done.  Find a spot that’s quiet and stay still.  Put yourself in the right place with direct access to the warmth.  Enjoy.  Of course, as reptiles, turtles...

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Sea Salt

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Sometimes I'll eat a hard boiled egg as a mid-morning snack.   Good source of protein; keeps away hunger ‘till lunch. No biggie. I mean, it’s not something I would ever crave, but it’s pretty good for that once-or-twice-a-week kind of snack.   And then, something...

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That Evening Chorus

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Sitting out one summer evening, on a swing underneath a large oak tree, I sat back and listened to the “orchestra” of crickets making their evening symphony.  Feeling like I had a front row seat at this “concert,” I let go of any agenda and simply soaked in the...

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Looking Up

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She’s really good at reminding me when it’s time for breakfast. My puppy Ella sits patiently beside me, follows me around, and gives me this earnest look that seems to say, “I’m *really* looking forward to breakfast time!” If you think about it, she could do...

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